SSTMI THE FAVOURITES

Pa­hang in dan­ger of be­ing blown away in fi­nal

New Straits Times - - Sport - JUGJET SINGH jug jet@nst.com.my

AF­TER fail­ing to de­fend their Ju­nior Hockey League (JHL) Di­vi­sion One ti­tle, Tunku Mahkota Is­mail Sports School (SSTMI) Thun­der­bolts will be go­ing for broke in the TNB Cup fi­nal to­day.

SSTMI will have to beat Pa­hang Hockey Acad­emy (PHA) Thun­der­bolts at the Tun Razak Sta­dium to re­alise their dream.

By pedi­gree, the ti­tle seems bound for SSTMI who are no strangers to play­ing in the fi­nal com­pared to first timers Pa­hang.

SSTMI lost their Di­vi­sion One ti­tle to Pe­tal­ing Jaya City Coun­cil (PJCC) Tigers and man­ager Adam Izamry Idrus said his play­ers do not want to suf­fer an­other heart­break.

“We had set our mind on de­fend­ing the league ti­tle and then win­ning the Over­all. Af­ter we lost the ti­tle to PJCC, the agony of de­feat al­most broke my play­ers de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“But we worked our way into the TNB Cup fi­nal and there is no way we are go­ing to let it slip through our fin­gers,” said Adam.

Even though SSTMI have a bet­ter set of play­ers, Adam said it would be foolish to look down on Pa­hang.

“No. It would be sui­ci­dal to look down on any op­po­nent even though we have a proud JHL his­tory,” said Adam.

SSTMI have the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing four-time con­sec­u­tive dou­ble cham­pi­ons since 2012.

Pa­hang coach Mo­hamad Su­fian said: “We have been dream­ing of this mo­ment for a long time but it looks like SSTMI will have a up­per hand.

“But don’t ex­pect my boys to give away the ti­tle. It will be a bat­tle of Thun­der­bolts’ which will be cher­ished for ever.”

TO­DAY — TNB Cup Fi­nal: SSTMI Thun­der­bolts v PHA Thun­der­bolts (8pm); Women’s TNB Cup Fi­nal: SSTMI v KLSSWipers (5.30pm) — matches at Tun Razak Sta­dium.

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